And I think we are both saying the same thing: boe-tay. I am not clear on who is who in the Bouta/Boutain family. I read up on the families in the anniversary booklet from 1978, and I quickly became more confused than ever over the spelling. For example, there is an entry on Edward Boutain, Sr. and his wife Belsimire Mercier. Then the next entry is for Thomas Bouta, “the son of Edward Bouta and Belsimire Mercier…”
But we are going to begin with another Bouta history from the Clontarf anniversary book…
Thomas Bouta – Jane Clint Family History
Thomas Bouta (sometimes spelled Boutin) arrived in the Clontarf area from the Province of Quebec, Canada in 1870. His coming here coincided with the completion of the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad as far as Benson in that year.
Thomas married Jane Clint whose father was at one time foreman and later roadmaster of the Benson division of the railroad. Thomas was foreman of the grading crew of the railroad and also helped construct the first section house in Clontarf. A Catholic service was held in this section house in 1871 by a Father McDermott (no relation to the Dominic McDermotts). The first child born to Thomas and Jane Bouta on July 10, 1876 was the first “Clontarf” child baptized in the DeGraff Catholic Church on July 28, 1876. The church was then named Our Lady of Kildare (later to be changed to St. Bridget’s). Margaret and Mrs. Oscar (Florence) Arne are the two remaining members of the Thomas and Jane Bouta Family.
Rose Bouta (a child of Thomas and Jane Bouta) married Edmund Columbe in 1898 and they had twelve children of whom five are still living viz. Edward, Rosella, Florence, Margaret who became Sister Wilma of the Order of St. Joseph, and Emma.
I wasn’t aware that there would have been a section house in Clontarf as early as 1871 – that’s even before Randall Station, the precursor to Clontarf, was established.
Just what I need, this story throws another spelling into the mix: Boutin!
I would love to hear any comments, insights, or anecdotes about the Bouta(in) names and families. Please leave a comment!
Tomorrow we will look at the hotelier Edward Boutain, Sr.